Application & Interview Tips

Applications

Your application is the only information we use when deciding who to invite for an interview.

Once you have searched our vacancies and found a job you would like to apply for, read the job description and any additional information to ensure you meet the personal specification of the role requirements.

To apply for a job, you must complete the NHS application form. This ensures that everyone gives information in the same format and allows us to assess your application in a standard way.

Please ensure that you fill in the form as fully, honestly and accurately as possible as it will be used to assess your suitability for the role and to undertake pre-employment checks

Fill in all parts of the application form. If some parts do not apply to you, write N/A (not applicable) in the spaces provided.

Please make sure you provide your correct email address as all our correspondence with you will be by email.

Please try to complete your application as quickly as possible - sometimes if there are a high number of applicants for a particular post we will close the advert before the official deadline for receipt of applications.

We will not take into account any previous applications that you have sent us or anything we already know about you.

The Supporting information  is an important part of the application, because you can tell us in more detail about your skills and experience and how these are relevant to your application.  

Interview

I've been shortlisted! Well done.  The first thing we'd recommend is that you book the next available interview slot through NHS jobs.   If you have any problems dong this, then please contact the Employment Services Team.

Next, work out your route to the interview location.  Once you know how to get here and how long it will take you, you can start to prepare for the interview itself.

Here are a few pointers on how to prepare.

  • Read everything we send to you about the content of the role
  • Be prepared to discuss your previous job
  • Be prepared to discuss the information in your application
  • Be prepared to explain any gaps in employment and anything else which may need putting into context e.g. a criminal conviction
  • Prepare specific examples to demonstrate you have what it takes to do the job. Good candidates are able to discuss their achievements and reflect on experiences which haven't been so successful in terms of what was learnt
  • Think about your motivation; why do you want this job at this Trust
  • Be clear about the Trust's priorities
  • Ensure your knowledge of the job, your profession and the wider NHS is current
  • Stay calm. We want you to do your best

The Star Model

It's important to think of some of the things you'd like to discuss with the recruitment panel before the interview.  This way you will be better prepared to really showcase yourself.  When preparing your examples the STAR model is a helpful tool in terms of structuring your responses.

Situation - describe the situation

Task - describe the task YOU undertook

Action - describe the action YOU took

Result - describe the result YOU achieved

Unsuccessful candidates

The panel will advise you at interview about how and when they'll let you know the outcome.   You should receive a phone call advising of the outcome.

Feedback

If you'd like to discuss your performance at interview please contact the interview panel chair.

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